Numerous factors have been shown to be protective against the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Dr Raquel Sánchez-Valle, Head of the Clínic's Neurology Service, and Dr Francesc Valldeoriola, an expert neurologist in Parkinson's disease, explain that keeping the body – as well as the mind – in shape is crucial to prevent this type of disease. Some of these protective factors are:
Brain stimulation is important throughout life, not just in old age. It is often said that "Alzheimer's is a disease of older people that begins in childhood," says Dr Sánchez-Valle, as educational level has been shown to be a protective factor for the development of Alzheimer's and dementia.